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Sabah Gov’t Welcomes Creation Of Mindanao Halal Forum

| 02/07/2008 | Reply
Sabah Gov’t Welcomes Creation Of Mindanao Halal Forum

Sabah Assistant Minister of Industrial Development, Jainab
Ahmad, has welcomed the establishment of a Mindanao Halal Forum within
the Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-the Philippines East Asean Growth Area
(BIMP-EAGA).

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Effective strategies to capture $1.2T global halal market

| 02/07/2008 | Reply
Effective strategies to capture $1.2T global halal market

FOOD producers and exporters were advised to
implement correct marketing strategies in order to capture a share of
the huge global halal trade estimated between $580 billion to $1.2
trillion at a recent National Halal Conference in the Philippines.
To effectively capture the halal markets, they were told they must understand the Muslim consumers’ religious
needs and behavior, food purchase and consumption pattern.


This shows once again the Halal consumer has the potential to influence the way this market moves. Halal Consumers need to know they have a say in the quality and quantity of Halal products on the shelf.

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Abu Dhabi active in Halal standardisation

| 01/07/2008 | Reply
Abu Dhabi active in Halal standardisation

Abu
Dhabi is building a solid platform to create global standards in the
Halal industry according to organiser of the Halal World Expo, IIR
Middle East. Establishing such a
benchmark would require a “major combined effort” between industry and
government authorities and the Abu Dhabi government was keen to play a
pivotal role in this process, IIR explained.

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Forest’Secret: Premier Range Of Halal Herbal Body-care Products

| 01/07/2008 | Reply
Forest’Secret: Premier Range Of Halal Herbal Body-care Products

Malaysia is a country blessed
with the existence of a rainforest that is rich with natural resources
like herbs and medicinal plants, that form the key ingredients in most
beauty care products and health supplements. Taking advantage of their bountiful supply, Forest’Secret, a
company that produces a range of beauty and health care products, have
incorporated these natural resources as the base ingredients for its
products.

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America’s Shrinking Food Wraps

| 01/07/2008 | Reply
America’s Shrinking Food Wraps


American supermarkets are epics of excess: it often seems like every
item in the store comes in a “Jumbo” size or has “Bonus!” splashed
across the label. But is it possible that the amount of food Americans
are buying is, in fact… shrinking?

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Brunei’s Road to Diversification

| 30/06/2008 | Reply
Brunei’s Road to Diversification

Blogs are key to keeping people up to speed with public opinion and Brunei is no different with its drive for Halal Branding and certification. We hope the question this woman on her blog is asking  about ‘Halal branding’ in Brunei will be answered or addressed at the International Halal Market Conference being held in Brunei on the 16-17 August.

Governments must be sure the vision they are planning in a conference room is also presented clearly to their citizens who they hope are going to benefit from it. This also applies to Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, etc. We hope that this woman and more like her come to the IHMC to assist Brunei’s vision for a new Halal economy to be realised.

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Halal – a dynamic force that can change the world

| 29/06/2008 | Reply
Halal – a dynamic force that can change the world

An in-depth interview with Hajj Abdalhamid Evans, Senior Analyst at Imarat Consultants. As one of the leading voices in the Halal market with a truly global vision, he discusses issues across a wide range of topics and countries, commenting on MIHAS, the World Halal Forum, the challenges facing Malaysia, Brunei’s new moves in the Halal arena as well as the latest news on the Halal industry in the USA and Canada.



Plus details of the forthcoming International Halal Market Conference in Brunei Darussalam on 16-17 August
.

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Kyrgyzstan Keen To Learn Malaysia’s Model Of Islamic Economy

| 29/06/2008 | Reply
Kyrgyzstan Keen To Learn Malaysia’s Model Of Islamic Economy

The Kyrgyzstan government plans
to introduce takaful (Islamic insurance), Islamic bond and production
of halal products after having introduced Islamic banking
one-and-a-half years ago, said Shamil M. Murtazaliev, advisor to the
president of Kyrgyz Republic.

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Market Opportunities For Malaysian Products In Indonesia

| 29/06/2008 | Reply
Market Opportunities For Malaysian Products In Indonesia

MATRADE is confident that Malaysian
products and services will gain more market opportunities in Indonesia
if there is continued joint and aggressive promotion of its products in
the republic by various agencies.

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Muslims not prepared to declare cloning ‘halal’

| 27/06/2008 | Reply
Muslims not prepared to declare cloning ‘halal’

The issue of cloning certainly goes well beyond whether or not an animal is stunned before Halal slaughter and the method used in the slaughtering of it. This also comes under the category of ‘ethical’ which is also now a much broader issue with the production of food today. As this question becomes better researched from a Halal perspective perhaps the wisdom of the Islamic shariah will bring clarity on this for everyone questioning whether it is ethical to produce cloned animals for human consumption. Perhaps this is an issue to be addressed to the Shariah scholars and scientists at the upcoming International Halal Market Conference being held on the 16-17 August in Brunei Darussalam.

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Ingredients Middle East attracts 1,732 regional buyers

| 27/06/2008 | Reply
Ingredients Middle East attracts 1,732 regional buyers

Sourcing Halal ingredients is more and more going to become an issue in the GCC and other countries where Halal food is produced. Hopefully this show will assist the manufacturers, and also encourage ingredients companies to obtain Halal certification for their products to broaden their business potential.

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Creating Power Brands for SMEs

| 27/06/2008 | Reply
Creating Power Brands for SMEs

Brunei is getting its SME companies ready for taking their products out to the world. With the Brunei Halal Premium brand getting ready to launch getting their Halal industry enterprises trained in the best way to brand their products is essential to the project. Brunei will also be holding the International Halal Market Conference on the 16-17 August when they will be bringing in successful SME companies to have dialogues on how they managed to brand their products and get them into the international Halal marketplace to inspire these local companies and others who will be attending the conference. They will also have a session with Shariah scholars, Scientists and industry leaders to enable some of the issues that need clarifying in Halal to be addressed.

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Halal confab in Manila starts tomorrow

| 26/06/2008 | Reply
Halal confab in Manila starts tomorrow

The Philippines is now joining other countries in the region with its own Halal standard launched in February this year, and its 1st National Halal Convention. The convention will
have sessions on priorities and challenges of the Philippine Halal
industry, exporting and business potentials, with speakers from
Malaysia and Thailand who will also share their Halal promotion
strategies.

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British Airways launches new ‘taste team’

| 25/06/2008 | Reply
British Airways launches new ‘taste team’

It is a good sign – and good business sense – that British Airways is catering to the Muslim Halal food market in the GCC region by giving them a nice serving of British cuisine Halal style! I thought the national dish for Britain was curry these days! This is all in line with the new push on Halal tourism. At least if you can eat good food in the air it might make you feel a bit better about paying the higher airfares.

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The World’s Top 20 Public Intellectuals

| 24/06/2008 | Reply
The World’s Top 20 Public Intellectuals

What I find interesting about this ranking is that at first glance one is impressed at how the top 10 intellectuals voted for are all Muslim. Then you read that 500,000 ballots were cast in 4 weeks, which also is impressive. However, when you carry on reading the article look and see how the candidates themselves were instrumental in campaigning to put themselves into the top 10 through their own publications and websites! This is the power of the press and the internet.

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OIC: Malaysian FM Yatim adressed the 35th council of foreign ministers

| 24/06/2008 | Reply
OIC: Malaysian FM Yatim adressed the 35th council of foreign ministers

With so much on the agenda at the 35th Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the OIC it does not look like Malaysia’s Foreign Minister was able to do much but mention the names of the Halal initiatives that Malaysia is trying to introduce to the OIC in his 15 minute address. Hopefully he was able to gather some support on the sidelines during the meetings. Seems these meetings are just to remind each other what they did not follow up on from the last meeting. Though with such a long list of very serious issues to be addressed during these sessions, adding the development of International Halal
Standards, the International Halal Integrity Alliance, and an International Zakat Organisation to the list might just be asking too much.  Perhaps these will need to be implemented by a different body.

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Gulfood to expand to become Middle East’s largest trade exhibition in 2009

| 19/06/2008 | Reply
Gulfood to expand to become Middle East’s largest trade exhibition in 2009

Gulfood expanding was inevitable, but adding the new Ingredients Middle East into the show was a good strategic move. Though Gulfood has never focused on Halal as a category in its own right at the show, many of the companies of course are certified Halal to enable them to export to the region. Having the ingredients on board during this huge event will assist manufacturers wanting to enter into the Halal food industry source their certified ingredients. One stop shop.

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Halal Tourism

| 18/06/2008 | Reply
Halal Tourism

Once again ‘Halal Tourism’ is coming into travel market news. It is a budding industry that cannot be ignored and the interesting thing is that one of the target markets for this sector is the European Muslims.

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5 ways to fly for cheap

| 18/06/2008 | Reply
5 ways to fly for cheap

Here is a Halal tip from HalalFocus. CNNMoney is writing on how to get the discount air fares needed for travel these days when fuel surcharges are hiking prices up – while you can that is!

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Western branding for next generation Sharia hotels

| 18/06/2008 | Reply
Western branding for next generation Sharia hotels

Dubai-based
Almulla Hospitality plans an international chain of 150
Sharia-compliant hotels by 2015. Around 90 are planned in the Middle
East and North Africa, but the remainder will be Europe, Asia and North
America – and Almulla says it will develop non-Muslim brand names.

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